Before you arrive

Essential pre-arrival tasks

Before you arrive at Durham University International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist. 

If you are starting in September, term starts on Monday 17th September 2018. Please arrive ready to start your induction at the International Study Centre. 

For more information about arriving in the UK please download our pre-arrival guide.

Contact us with any questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Pre-arrival checklist

Confirm your offer

View Fees to see what you need to pay to confirm your offer and to be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

Arrange your visa

You can apply for your UK study visa once we have issued you with your CAS. Contact us if you have any questions. 

Confirm your accommodation

Please confirm your accommodation with our Accommodation Team as soon as possible.

Book your travel to the UK

You can book your travel to the UK when you receive your visa. You should fly to Newcastle or Durham Tees Valley.

Arriving in September

You should aim to arrive at your accommodation up to two days before the start of term.

Download and complete your pre-arrival form to make sure your arrival is as smooth as possible.

Find out everything you need to know in our 2018 induction pack. It guides you through Welcome Week activities and other practical information.

Download your induction pack here.

Organise your insurance

It is essential that all international students have health, medical and personal insurance. Find out more about StudyCare insurance.

What will your first week be like?

What to pack for the UK

  • Passport and visa
  • UKVI Decision Letter
  • International Study Centre offer letter
  • CAS statement
  • Evidence of funding for your tuition fees and living costs
  • Accommodation documents
  • Four passport-sized photographs
  • Insurance documents (unless you use StudyCare)
  • Medical certificates and vaccination records
  • Prescription medications, with prescriptions translated into English
  • Essential toiletries – you can buy any other medicines and toiletries in Stockton-on-Tees 

Bring essential clothing for all weather conditions, including a warm coat. There is no dress code at the International Study Centre, so bring comfortable clothes like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Stockton-on-Tees has plenty of shops where you can buy any other clothing you need.

  • Computers: The International Study Centre has a fully-equipped IT room, so you do not need to bring your own computer. However, if you bring your own computer you will have the freedom to study in your bedroom and to access the Wi-Fi on Queen’s Campus. You can also buy a laptop from several shops in Stockton-on-Tees
  • Travel adapters: It is a good idea to bring a travel adapter with you, so that you can charge your phone and computer as soon as you arrive.
  • Personal items: You may also want to bring a few personal items, such as photos and books, to make you feel at home. 
  • Cash: It's useful to have some money in cash when you are travelling. We recommend about £50. 
  • Guardianship letter (if you're under 18).

 

 

You can buy anything else you need when you arrive in Stockton-on-Tees. The Teesside shopping centre is close to Queen’s Campus and has a wide range of shops where you can buy clothes, shoes, home furnishings, electrical items and groceries.

Information for new students

Your pre-arrival guide

Read our arrival guide to find out what to do once you have confirmed your place, what to pack and what it’s like to live and study in the UK.

My favourite moment is actually meeting people from countries that I haven’t met so far. I have friends that are from South Korea, never had South Korean friends before, friends from Russia and also Azerbaijan. I’ve been to places like that but I’ve never had friends from there before. So, it’s a cool thing to have friends from different countries.

Arshjit from India
Studying International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
Aiming to study BSc (Hons) Computer Science

International Study Centre location